fairy ring


Definition of fairy ring

  1. 1 :  a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point; also :  a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms

  2. 2 :  a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings

Origin and Etymology of fairy ring

from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies

First Known Use: 1870

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